Another Reality Show that Ruins Lives

houstonpress-false-48.9496501.87‘Once you’re charged with murder on A&E’s The First 48, you’re guilty for life – even if you’re innocent.
In Detroit, city police shot a seven-year-old girl in the head in a botched attempt to catch a suspect sought on The First 48. And in Miami, according to an analysis of court records done by our sister paper Miami New Times, 15 men have walked free after being charged with murder under the program’s glare.

‘Evidence suggests that the television show puts undue pressure on police departments to hurry their investigations and make quick arrests. The wrongly accused have their lives ruined, all for a bit of reality entertainment. But The First 48 is one of the most popular shows on television, with millions tuning in every week…’

Man Executed Minutes Before Court Ruled
Missouri Executed This Man While His Appeal Was Pending in Court
‘It is 2014, not 1964 or 1914, and yet on Wednesday night a black man in Missouri, a black man convicted by an all-white jury, was executed before his federal appeals had been exhausted. He was executed just moments after reportedly being hauled away by prison guards while he was in the middle of a telephone call discussing his appeals with one of his attorneys. He was executed even though state officials knew that the justices of the United States Supreme Court still were considering his request for relief.

‘Asked repeatedly not to execute Smulls while appeals were pending, state officials failed even to respond to emails from defense attorneys that night while corrections officials went ahead with the execution…’

Another Good Samaritan Rewarded with Murder
Good Samaritan’s last act led to his death on Minneapolis’ North Side
‘The home invasion and killing, as recounted Saturday by one of the Sonnenbergs’ daughters and by police reports, was the fulfillment of the family’s fears about the dangers the retired couple faced in their longtime home on the ­border of the Camden-McKinley neighborhoods.

‘Rachel Sonnenberg Baufield said Saturday that for years, she and her two sisters had begged their parents to move away from what they saw as an increasingly risky block.

‘But the Sonnenbergs, who had endured burglary and vandals on their property, felt that they had no choice but to stay — they were trapped by an ­underwater mortgage. Still, Baufield said, her father had remained kindhearted, unable to turn away people who cried on his doorstep, including women who claimed they needed to leave town to escape abusive mates…’

Victim’s Mother the Suspect in Mich. Body Parts Mystery
Mom arraigned in dismemberment of mentally ill son
‘His father’s terminal illness and death had a dramatic impact on Ramsay Scrivo, who was diagnosed with psychosis and threatened to hang himself when his father died.

‘His mother, Donna Scrivo, a registered nurse, was granted guardianship of Ramsay, who a doctor listed as paranoid, delusional and suicidal.

‘Today, she was arraigned on charges of disinterment and mutilation of a body in the death of her 32-year-old son, whose body parts were found Thursday in bags that had been left in rural parts of China and St. Clair townships. Investigators believe his death occurred in St. Clair Shores, where, according to court records, Ramsay had a condominium…’

Are Authoritarianists the 1% in Europe?
‘Secretary of State John Kerry has criticized what he calls a “disturbing trend” among governments in eastern and central Europe to “trample the ambitions” of their people.

‘Speaking at an international security conference in Munich, Germany, Kerry said:

“The aspirations of citizens are once again being trampled beneath corrupt, oligarchic interests — interests that use money to stifle political opposition and dissent, to buy politicians and media outlets, and to weaken judicial independence and the rights of non-governmental organizations.”…’

Is the 1% Psychocrats too?
In Psychocratcy, the technocrats, bureaurocrats, executives, and the middle-managers are still the players.
Apathy is a dose of futility that dispels anxiety.


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